Tips To Keep A Great Looking And Healthy Landscaped Yard

The landscaping around your property and yard creates a great deal of value to your home and garden and is a big part of your home's visual elements. When planning your yard's new landscaping, you should follow some basic rules to make sure it stays healthy and continues growing for the most benefit from your efforts. Here are some recommendations to help you keep your yard and its landscaping in a healthy and attractive state.

Use Strategic Mulching

Mulch may be a landscaping material that you only see in the surface impact that it has on a yard. Wood chip mulch and other materials add in a covering over the soil to help smooth out dry-looking or rocky soil and add in extra color and richness to the landscape. However, there is a lot more that goes on beneath the surface of a well-mulched space. 

Mulch added to your landscaping bedding areas will promote a healthier soil space, boost the makeup of the soil, and help prevent nutrient loss. As mulch sits on the soil, it will slowly break down and decompose, adding organic matter to the soil and helping with drainage and moisture retention in the soil's mixture. The mulch barrier over the top of the soil helps the soil retain its moisture after you water the vegetation within because it will block the sun's UV radiation and heat to lessen evaporation loss.

However, mulch made of wood chips, straw, leaves, and other organic materials will break down over time. Be sure you supplement it with extra mulch to keep the layer maintained for protection to the soil.

Plant to Follow Your Climate

Just as you work to keep your soil healthy with mulching, you should also take care of what types of plants and vegetation you add to your yard's landscaping. Just because you like the appearance of palm trees in your yard, you may not be able to keep them over winter due to the northern climate you live in. Always check your area's planting zone to find out what varieties of trees, shrubbery, and other vegetation will survive in your climate. 

Check out a local nursery or ask your local landscape design professional for recommendations. They can consult with you about the types of vegetation you want in your landscaping and the activities you want to do within your yard, and they can compile a plan for your landscaping installation.